1. (later use Aus.) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|[||Dyvers Balettys and Dyties Solacyous ii 15: Wyth bound and rebound, bounsyngly take up Hys jentyll curtoyl, and set nowght by small naggys].|
|Mad Lover I i: We can bounce [...] and frisk too.|
|Pilgrim II ii: Has he no Sisters? Have you not been bouncing About their belly-pieces?|
|Mock-Tempest V i: Her thing is her own, and I’le bounce it anon.|
|‘On Several Women about Town’ in Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 33–4: There was a bouncing widow […] [and] a bonny young maid […] A lusty young fellow they’d each of them got, / That trounced ’em and bounced ’em until they were hot, / Then took ’em aside to do I know not what.|
|Seeds of Man (1995) 251: I’d like ta bounce yore little fanny aroun’ on this grass.|
|Meanwhile, Back at the Front (1962) 216: ‘Did she bounce in the bunker?’ ‘General,’ Riley said, licking his lips and looking dreamy, ‘did you ever step on a land mine?’.|
|Jelly Roll : Got the old yockus into her and she bounced like a rubber ball.|
|Pleasures of Helen 231: ‘[T]hat’s when he proposed—over tea at the Plaza after he bounced me in the brougham’.|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 55: usage: ‘She and I — well, I bounced her last night.’.|
|Midnight Lightning 97: The whole emotional only-child turmoil of a father-done-bounced and my mother.|
2. (US) to persuade, to influence by flattery.
|Night-Walker Act IV: She’s up to’th eares in Law; I doe so whirle her to the Counsellors chambers, And back againe, and bounce her for more money.|
|Letters II (1891) 152: The Lords had four tickets a-piece, and each Commoner at first but two, till the Speaker bounced, and obtained a third.3 May|
|New London Spy 46: All this bouncing is only to work young coxcombs into an opinion of his courage.|
|‘The Rake’s Register’ Bang-Up Songster 23: At twenty-two I was quite hard up. / So I was forced to bounce them.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 61: The shiser thinks to bounce us by flashing a shofel quid.|
|Lord Palmerston He is a Clever Man [ballad] And they won’t bounce Jack Temple / Out of thirty thousand pounds.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 July 6/3: The other, attired as a woman, saw the startled female person to a cab, drove her to his office, and there bounced her into signing a confession.|
|Pink ’Un and Pelican 89: If he can bounce this little army he deserves a seat.|
|AS III:3 218: Bounce, v. — To influence by cajolery or flattery.‘Kansas University Sl.’ in|
3. to boast, to brag, to bully, to scold, to intimidate; thus bouncing n.
|Inconstant Ladie IV ii: I do not like that skirtfoist. Leave your bouncing!|
|Nugae Venales 253: She had learn’d to bounce and huff with any Bully-Ruffin in the Strand, Holborn, or Covent-Garden.|
|Wits Paraphras’d 142: Leave your bounceing and your swearing.|
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
|London Spy XVII 435: He Lies and tells his Bloody Feats, And Bounces like a Bully.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy III 239: All these may Prate, and Talk much, / Show Tricks, and Bounce, and Crack.|
|New Canting Dict.|
|Homer’s Iliad 27: But he must always bounce and hector, / And set up here for chief director.(trans.)|
|Polly Honeycombe 42: Nay, nay, Old Gentleman, no bouncing! — You’re mistaken in your man, sir!|
|Homer Travestie (1764) II 7: I value not a fig their bouncing, / They want a little of my trouncing.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 468: Let other people stop his flouncing, / Bold hector need not mind his bouncing.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|‘Toy’ in Hilaria 94: The Ensign swore, in bouncing tone, / He’d throw him on the fire, sir!|
|Adventures of Gil Blas (1822) II 195: We polished up the brass upon our foreheads a little. It was time now to bounce and swagger.(trans.)|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 228: bounce: to bully, threaten, talk loud, or affect great consequence; to bounce a person out of any thing, is to use threatening or high words, in order to intimidate him, and attain the object you are intent upon; or to obtain goods of a tradesman, by assuming the appearance of great respectability and importance, so as to remove any suspicion he might at first entertain. A thief, detected in the commission of a robbery, has been known by this sort of finesse, aided by a genteel appearance and polite manners, to persuade his accusers of his innocence, and not only to get off with a good grace, but induce them to apologize for their supposed mistake, and the affront put upon him. This masterstroke of effrontery is called giving it to ’em upon the bounce.|
|Eng. Spy II 295: I don’t see the bee’s wing in this port, Mr. Blackstrap, that you are bouncing about.|
|Bk of Sports 303: What others brag and bounce about, to him is only play.|
|Handley Cross (1854) 363: ‘Keep the tambourine a roulin’!’ exclaimed Pigg, who had been reining in his horse to hear his master bounce.|
|N.Y. Sporting Whip 25 Feb. n.p.: She bounced large and talked of kicking him out of the house.|
|(con. 1820s) Settlers & Convicts 347: He was notoriously a man who usually bounced his way through everything.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 26 Apr. 3/4: Two Cyprians [...] buncing that [...] ‘they wouldn’t go home till morning’.|
|Recollections of G. Hamlyn (1891) 24: He’ll be drinking at all the places coming along to get his courage up to bounce me.|
|Vocabulum 125: bounced. Frightened with stories of another’s prowess .|
|Experiences of a Convict (1965) 190: It is common enough falsely to recriminate with some counter-accusations, and so try to carry off the matter with a high hand, — the vulgar term to describe which mode of behaviour is called ‘Bounce’.|
|Bushrangers 425: I’d serve you a trick that would repay me for all the sufferings I now endure. But Mad Dick’s time is almost up, and what’s the use of his bouncing?|
|Sporting Times 1 Mar. 7/2: The ‘pugilistic footman’ [...] what Mr A. Hutton bounces about .|
|Sharping London 34: Bounce, to frighten by lying.|
|Tag, Rag & Co. 242: He needn’t bounce so much about it.|
|Long Odds III 160: ‘[B]ounce Bramton into running his colt, by hinting that his girl will lose all the property if he don’t’.|
|No. 5 John Street 20: They’ll try and bounce yer into payin’ for advice if they can.|
|Burnely Exp. 29 June 7/7: You are fond of bouncing and bossing.|
|‘The Overlander’ Old Bush Songs 120: I tried to coax, then bounce him, / But my tin I had to squander.|
|Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW) 11 June n.p.: I am not in the habit of bouncing taxi drivers.|
|Western Mail (Perth) 30 Nov. 2/1: Go light on this ’ere stagger juice. And don’t let ’em bounce yer. Specially M.P.’s and them sergeants.|
|Joyful Condemned 226: As a rotund, solemn small boy he had been bounced by his sister Terry, by the Cobbett son Johnno, by old man Cobbett.|
|Black Cargo 188: He come the bounce, I tell you. And I bounced him. He got snotty about a job I done.|
4. to lie; thus bouncing n., lying.
|Lyar in Works (1799) I 294: If it had come to an oath, I don’t think he would have bounc’d. [Ibid.] 306: Could you not just give your humble servant a hint, when you are bent on bouncing.|
|Farmer 16: Must bounce a few, Betty’s so uppish – likely won’t have me else.|
|Blind Bargain IV i: Somehow I be not much at home in deception and bouncing.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Coventry Eve. Teleg. 8 Oct. 2/2: Enough of Bounce [...] he German people are showing [...] hearty disdain at the boastful lies which they are still being uncreasingly fed in regard to their ‘successes’ in the war.|
5. to rob, to cheat; thus bouncing n. and adj.
|School For Grown Children V iii: I’m not to be bounced out of my property.|
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 161/2: To Bounce – cheat of one’s share.|
|Paul Pry 22 Jan. n.p.: Immediately you enter the house the doors are barred and barricaded to prevent your egress until you are robbed of everything in your possession; this they term ‘bouncing’.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor (1968) I 424/2: Buying rags they call it, but I call it bouncing people. [...] They goes into the by-courts in Windsor, because this bouncing caper wouldn’t do in the main drag.|
|Aberdeen Jrnl 22 June 7/3: [of a specific confidence trick] The pursuer [...] stated that he had about four years ago been convicted [...] of ‘selling purses,’ popularly known as ‘bouncing,’ and had been sent 30 days to prison.|
|Police! 321: Shoplifting ... Damper-drawing, bouncing.|
|🎵 And the very biggest bounder, too, as ever bounced a gal / Was the sodger bloke wot came acourtin' me.[perf.] ‘The Absent-Minded Bounder’|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Dec. 20/3: I shouldn’t so much mind if there was any truth in it, but to be bounced by a pair o’ plucked pigeons like them two chaps is a bit over the odds.|
|Foreday Morning (1989) 143: It don’t take plenty to make a tief. All you have to do now is have a fellar catching his royal, and can’t get a work noway, and bam! By the time he make two rounds he bounce something somewhere.‘Calypsonian’|
|Fever Kill 65: You were both dirty and had the same idea to bounce the fifteen grand.|
6. (also bounce out) to refuse admission or to throw out of a party, a place of entertainment, etc.
|[||Works (1794) I 321: What though aginst thee porters bounce the door, And bid thee hunt for secrets there no more].‘Epistle to Boswell’|
|St Louis Globe-Democrat 19 Jan. n.p.: If he had his ‘shooting-iron’ with him he would ‘croak the bloody sucker’ who ‘bounced’ him.|
|Dict. Americanisms (4th edn) 62: I daresn’t go in there; the bar-tender’s drunk, and I might get bounced.|
|N.Z. Observer (Auckland) 29 Jan. 200/1: Thereupon each stalwart son of Great Britain arose in his might bounced ‘that ruffian’ very quickly.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Mar. 8/2: ‘Ladies and gentlemen [...] I cannot possibly proceed with the play until that ruffian has been removed.’ Thereupon each stalwart son of Great Britain arose in his might, and bounced that ‘ruffian’ very quickly.|
|Manchester Courier 16 Oct. 10/6: Get out o’ here, you big-mouthed sucker, or I’ll bounce you in a minute.|
|Lantern (New Orleans, LA) 17 Sept. 3: Tommy Lyons got bounced out of a picnic.|
|Bird o’ Freedom 8 Jan. 5/3: The landlady would have bounced her long ago, if her brother didn’t happen to own the house.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 28 Feb. 3/1: [headline] Helen Tells a Tale About Wicked Harry / harry bounced from church.|
|Four Million (1915) 123: If it wasn’t for losin’ a boarder they’d have bounced me long ago.‘The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein’|
|Man with Two Left Feet 133: We hadn’t seen nothing of her at MacFarland’s since the night when Andy bounced her pal.‘The Making of Mac’s’|
|Electrical Experimenter June 151/3: Why not find out if Johnson has been indulging promiscuously in the gentle sport of bouncing intoxicated gentry.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 17: Let ’em alone, unless they get bad and start something, then bounce ’em.|
|Scarlet Pansy 158: The rules of etiquette were completely reversed, so much so that eventually the whole crowd was ‘bounced’.|
|Big Sleep 85: She hates my guts. I bounced her out.|
|Mating Season 130: They stuck on like limpets long after any competent chucker-out would have bounced them.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 16: ‘All this — hotel business — must be rather tame for you, isn’t it, Marty?’ ‘Bounce a drunk now and then [...] That’s about it.’.|
|City of Night 200: He almost collapsed at the Pirate’s Den [...] They had to bounce him out!|
|Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 103: Huey Long got bounced for trying to join the chorus line.|
|Dress Gray (1979) 363: He’ll bounce you out of here on an honor violation.IV|
|Brown’s Requiem 56: They got fresh with some women and were bounced by the bartender.|
|Rivethead (1992) 100: I wrote about gettin’ drunk and bounced from an Osmond Family concert.|
|Viva La Madness 143: The drunk who literally bumped into Jesus gets bounced straight out.|
|‘Sounding’ in ThugLit Mar. [ebook] Teddy Bear, a huge black man who bounced for Rip Fancy.|
7. to avoid, to get rid of a person.
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 418: First he tried to bounce the old-’un, but Nat stuck to him like a tick.|
|Walsall Obs. 11 Nov. 2/4: ‘Bounced by the Military’. Substitution men sent into the Army.|
8. (also bounce off, bounce out) to dismiss, usu. from a job.
|Congressional Record 10 Aug. 5403/1: Where are the soldiers of the Union army ...? Nearly all gone, a clean sweep; to use a phrase that I never heard before, although I am told it is common in some sections of the country, they are ‘bounced’ [DA].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Jan. 5/1: A Baltimore preacher has been bounced for attending a circus.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 15 May 14/3: Bancroft had all the Rochester players frightened to death with a threat to bounce the first man who drinks.|
|Workingman’s Paradise 290: In two or three weeks every girl who’d had anything to do with stirring the others up was bounced for something or other.|
|Mirror of Life 14 Apr. 11/4: agent: What has become of the India-rubber man?’ Manager: ‘Oh, I bounced him’.|
|Hawaiian Star (Honolulu) 28 May 7/3: Two New York Senators are bounced out for corruption, and they’ve got the deadwood on a dozen more.|
|Broadford Courier (Brisbane) 14 Apr. 1/4: You do not ‘sack’ a man, you ‘bounce’ him.|
|Broadway Brevities Dec 22: FEC bouncing me is a laugh. Your having made me stop advertising, is a scream.|
|(con. 1920s) Big Money in USA (1966) 796: Towards the end of July the foreman bounced him.|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 20: Mister Sark was sayin’ I oughta bounce you an’ give the job to Jake.|
|USA Confidential 188: Many Los Angeles cops quit or were bounced from the force.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 50: Didn’t I read about you being bounced from the force?|
|Gay Detective (2003) 60: Several hundred federal employees have been loudly bounced in Washington lately.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 111: He got bounced off the force six years ago.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 150: One complaint too many got Lunceford bounced in June 1950.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 66: You came up positive on a [drug] test, it could get you bounced right off the force.|
|Robbers (2001) 16: They bounced me, bad attitude.|
|‘Grenoble’ in ThugLit July [ebook] ‘Mynatt? Ex DGSE dickhead. Got bounced a couple of years ago’.|
9. (US) to reject, esp. of a proposal of marriage.
|Stories Western Town 213: You don’t suppose it would be any use to offer Esther a cool hundred thousand to promise to bounce this young fellow? [DA].|
|Gun in My Hand 204: The blond has bounced him.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 406: I’ll send your pal [...] a ripping segment of my Rum Diary – but only after Playboy has bounced it.letter 25 Oct.|
|Much Obliged, Jeeves 84: England is strewn with ex-fiances whom she bounced.|
10. (US) to leave.
|Elopement i: simon: You have heard the verdict of the court; there is no appeal. (Points to door) Bounce! frederick: But, Simon, suppose I should refuse to bounce, as you term it.|
|Claude Garton 280: [H]e picked up his bag, jammed on his hat, and bounced out of the place.|
|in Sweet Daddy 91: Comes D-Day [i.e. release], I bounce. Get out of here.|
|🎵 I had to bounce real quick, get up off da ave / And yo motherfucker that’s what I did.‘Cocaine Business’|
|Brooklyn Noir 124: Son of a bitch filled a trash-bag, duct-taped me up, and bounced.‘Crown Heist’|
|Wire ser. 5 ep. 4 [TV script] Have we got a business? If not I’m-a gonna bounce.‘Transitions’|
|Attack the Block [film script] 36: DENNIS Let’s bounce bruv... BIGGZ I’m gone fam...|
|This Is How You Lose Her 32: Then the old dude bounced, no one knew where.|
|Dead Man’s Trousers 70: You bounce tae the airport in a Joe Baxi n head home.|
|What They Was 55: I tell him bounce so my barber can carry on with my trim.|
11. (also bounce around) to beat up, lit. or fig.
|Coburg Leader (Vic.) 1 Feb. 4/1: Belmonts are in for a bouncing this match.|
|Kid Scanlon 124: I gotta train for this guy, or he’s liable to bounce me.|
|Ten Story Gang Aug. 🌐 We’re going to bounce Shiv and his punks and apaches around!‘Clip-Joint Chisellers’ in|
|High Window 41: If he don’t like you, he has guys around that can bounce you.|
|Godfather 242: He bragged [...] about how he bounced his wife around when she got snotty.|
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 131: ‘You either bounce or get bounced’.|
12. (US campus) to be sent down from college, to be sent out of class.
|DN II:i 24: bounce, v. t. To send peremptorily from the class-room for a breach of discipline.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|Varmint 290: ‘I say, Slops, what would they do if they caught us?’ ‘Bounce us.’.|
|🎵 Who got bounced at Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Brown? / Freddy the Freshman, the freshest kid in town!|
|Rector of Justin 161: You want old Tanager’s money for a greater Justin, isn’t that it? [...] you sure as hell won’t get it if little Shelley is bounced.|
13. (US) to punch.
|Smile A Minute 15: I wanted to bounce one off his chin.|
|No Base Like Home 29: I certainly got a terrible shock when Ike didn’t bounce that big tramp Wilson for bawlin’ him out.|
|Dead End Act III: Get away from here. I’ll bounce one off your head!|
|(con. 1930s) Nice Guys Finish Last 90: The next guy that bunts on me [...] I’m going to bounce one off his noggin.|
14. (Aus.) to move someone forcibly.
|Adrift in America 128: Here I jumped another train, and got ‘bounced’ at Bernalillo.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 July 14/1: Sodden ’n’ sorry ’n’ boomin’ in th’ turret I wuz bounced to the booby hatch.|
|Londonstani (2007) 14: She a dirrty ho an I’d bounce her ass out ma car.|
15. (US, also bounce off) to kill.
|One Man’s War (1929) 183: Every time one of our boys is bounced off, she writes off from five to twenty thousand francs.|
|Wine, Women and War (1926) 55: ‘Y’ Sec’y bounced. Had it coming — no sense.diary 1 Apr.|
|(con. early 1930s) Harlem Glory (1990) 27: When Ned was bounced off, I said: this money is my God, now.|
|Smashing Detective Mag. 15 Apr. 🌐 A high-flyer named Blinky Dinky — known to police as Roscoe Timms — was bounced off with a .38.‘The Big Squawk’|
16. (US) to attack, esp. from an ambush.
|Classics in Sl. 22–3: I swang around on this dumb-bell prepared to see would he bounce, when the girl sized up the situation at the glance and prevented blood-shed by givin’ him the air.|
17. (UK Und.) to assault, using a piece of lead concealed in a sock.
|Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 129: ‘Bouncing’ means delivering a blow on an enemy’s neck with a piece of lead concealed in a sock.|
18. (US) to require payment, pay for.
|‘Hotel Sl.’ in AS XIV:3 Oct. 239/2: to bounce To pay a bill; to ask for payment.|
|‘Freckles’ 18 Oct. [synd. comic strip] Knowin’ you gals have to bounce for this [soft drink] sure improves the flavor! [W&F].|
19. (US teen/Und.) to move, to go, to get expelled.
|Dan Turner - Hollywood Detective Feb. 🌐 [I] bounced to the pavement to see if there was anything I could do.‘Feature Snatch!’|
|DAUL 32/2: Bounce. 1. To go; to hurry.et al.|
|Peyton Place (1959) 210: I got bounced, Dad.|
|On the Pad 168: I figured let me bounce up there and hit the guy for a few hundred bucks.|
|Springfield Union-News (Mass.) 9 Sept. C6/5–6: bounce —To go out somewhere.|
|🎵 She’s got her bags packed, she’s ready to bounce.‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’|
|‘In the Neighborhood’ in ThugLit Dec. [ebook] [H]e bounced first chance he got. Smart boy.|
|Crongton Knights 6: ‘They’re moving on [...] I can hear them bouncing down the stairs’.|
20. to work as a strong-arm man in a bar etc.
|Look Who’s Abroad Now 21: Jumbo Reilly was the bouncer, and efficient at his work. One night, Jumbo flung Halfpint out, demonstrating the bouncing art at its best.|
|Pimp 249: The big one at the wheel used to bounce at Mario’s.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 136: The place rather put me in mind of some punk club I bounced at for a couple of days.|
|(con. 1980s) A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 277: I was doing pretty well out of my semi-legitimate work, bouncing and deejaying.|
21. (US police) to socialize.
|Patrolman 165: We would go ‘bouncing’ many a night until our stomachs burst.|
|On the Pad 80: We’d go bouncing together and talk about how our lives would change now that we were cops.|
|Don’t Look Back 119: Without thinking [...] he even asked Bojangles where they were going to bounce later that night.(con. 1934)|
22. (US) as bounce for, to agree, to hand over or obtain without payment.
|Choirboys (1976) 82: Francis had only planned to try to get them to bounce for a handful of violets, but when he saw how delighted they were with him, he promoted the soft multicolored carnations. [Ibid.] 92: Easy often popped for two extra packs, and knowing Calvin’s drinking problem was reaching an acute stage, bounced for a fifth of Johnnie Walker Black Label once a week.|
23. (US police) to arrest and interrogate; to pressurize.
|Close Pursuit (1988) 54: I’ll want to bounce this Nadine kid, see what she has to say. [Ibid.] 92: Wolfie, you gonna bounce every nigger in town? Your attitude sucks.|
|🎵 Your boy got yakked then bounced, twice.‘Mad about Bars’|
(UK Und.) a female swindler.
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
(UK Und.) a forged cheque.
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
(US prison) to borrow a fellow inmate’s radio.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July 🌐 Let Me Bounce Your Car: Can I borrow your radio?|
see sense 16 above.
1. see sense 8 above.
2. see sense 14 above.
see sense 6 above.
SE in slang uses
(US) to appear in an aggressive manner.
|High Window 99: I thought Passmore might tell me something about him [...] that he wouldn’t be likely to tell me if he knew the cops were going to bounce in on him in a brief space of time.|
to drink heartily.
|Bragadocio IV:ii in DSUE (1984).|
(US campus) to have sexual intercourse.
|Sl. and Sociability 51: Slang provides numerous verbs for ‘to engage in sexual intercourse’. Among those recently in use on college campuses are bounce refrigerators, bump uglies, do the naked pretzel, get paid, knock boots, scrog, and scrump.|
1. (Aus.) to assert oneself.
|Digger Dialects 13: bounce the ball — To assert oneself.|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: bounce the ball. To assert oneself.|
2. (N.Z.) to assess public opinion [from the habit of rugby players testing the bounce of a ball prior to drop-kicking it off].
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 19/2: bounce the ball political test of public opinion; eg ‘D’ya think Douglas is bouncing the ball again with all these rumours of a GST rise?’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
(US) a general phr. of greeting.
|Sweet La-La Land (1999) 216: ‘How’s it bouncin’?’ he asked the two kids bopping around.|
(US teen) let’s go.
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry 🌐 let’s bounce Something said when it is time to leave.|